The Borders Distillery, Simpsons Malt Ltd and 12 farming businesses in the Scottish Borders have come together to form Borders Growers & Distillers – a long-term partnership showcasing traceability of the malting barley supply chain from seed to spirit.
The 12 growers will supply high-quality malting barley to Simpsons Malt, who will in turn move, store and then produce distilling malt and subsequently deliver it to The Borders Distillery in Hawick.
All of the farms are located within a 30-mile radius of The Borders Distillery and are verified to the world-renowned Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) to Gold performance level, meaning that they are able to demonstrate they use first class sustainable farming practices.
At the start of each season, each grower will receive their certified malting barley seed from McCreath Simpson & Prentice (MSP), the agricultural merchanting division of Simpsons Malt Ltd, whose fully licensed seed processing plant is located at the company’s Tweed Valley Maltings headquarters in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
After harvest, the barley will be moved from the farms by Simpsons Malt’s haulage fleet to a designated barley store for Borders Growers & Distillers at the company’s Craigswalls Grain Store, located between Chirnside and Duns in the Scottish Borders.
Following a period in storage, the barley will then be transported ten miles east to Simpsons Malt’s Tweed Valley Maltings for malt production, before the finished product is delivered via bulk wagon load to The Borders Distillery.
Once at the distillery, The Borders team mill, mash and distil this homegrown barley to create their award-winning Puffing Billy Steam Vodka and Kerr’s Borders Gin, as well as their future Single Malt Whisky – the first to be produced in the Scottish Borders since 1837.